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republicans' decision last week to back off their reckless threat to hold the debt ceiling hostage. dosuspending the debt limit will ensure we pay the bills we've already incurred. the legislation before the senate sets an important precedent that the full fanal and credit of the -- the full faith and credit of the united states will no longer be used as a pawn to extracts cuts from medicare, medicaid, or other initiatives that best the middle class. a clean debt increase should be the standard. congress will continue to work to reduce the deficit but will do it without the threat of default. weaver already made $2.5 trillion in historic bipartisan deficit reduction. $2.5 trillion. democrats believe we should do more. it's critical that we use a balanced approach that couples smart spending cuts with revenue from the wealthiest americans and from closing the wasteful tax loopholes that i've just talked about. obviously, democrats would prefer a longer suspension of the debt ceiling which will provide additional economic security and stability as we continue to find ways to decrease
: it wasn't so long ago that we were talking jobs jobs jobs, and i do this every day, right, three hours a day. you hear talk about it's immigration, guns, global warming or it's the deficit, or the debt ceiling or whatever. it has been a long time since i heard people here in the congress or even from the white house talk about jobs. what is happening on the jobs front out there? it is getting any better? >> we see only a marginal improvement in some sectors of the manufacturing economy, but there's tremendous pressure upon employers right now uncertain about the economic condition of this country and the follies of our congress, not to be able to make a decision on this so they are withholding investment. they are sitting on piles of cash that could be plowed -- >> bill: still today? >> today. that could be plowed into reinvestment to produce products america needs and the rest of the world. >> bill: have the employers realized they can make more money with fewer employees and that is why they are not hiring? this has been going on for a while, right? >> it's often
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